Obituaries
May 19, 2011 Issue

Mr. Charles Edward Ayers
Mr. Charles Edward Ayers, 69, of Martinez entered into rest on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Ayers was a native of Marion, N.C., and a resident of Martinez. He was an Army veteran, member of Grove First Baptist Church, member and past master of the Grovetown Masonic Lodge #730 and Scottish Rite. Mr. Ayers was a retiree of Columbia Nitrogen as a chemical operator.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Grove First Baptist Church, Grovetown, with Rev. Frank Thigpen officiating. Interment was held at 2 p.m. at the Moxley Community Cemetery, Moxley, with Masonic Rites and military honors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rotha B. Ayers and Theakla P. Ayers; and stepmother, Swannie Ayers.

Survivors include his wife, Lynn Brett Ayers; two sisters, Sue (Mickey) Fox, Marion, N.C., and Patsy (Ted) Rollins of Forest City, N.C.; two stepbrothers, David (Pat) Owens of Pennsylvania, and Joe Owens of Tennessee; two stepsisters, Kay (Guy) Whitener, Forest City, N.C., and Sherry (Steve) Owens of Tennessee.

Pallbearers were Phillip Henson, Stephen Brett, Darrell Rollins, Jack Henson, Steve Brett, Mickey Fox, Ted Rollins and Joe Burroughs.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2607 Commons Blvd., Augusta, GA 30909 or Odyssey Hospice, 3508 Professional Circle, Augusta, GA 30907.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Aaron Thomas Brown
Mr. Aaron Thomas Brown, 72, of Hephzibah entered into rest on May 10, 2011.

Mr. Brown was a native of Gibson, having made the Augusta area his lifelong residence. He attended New Horizon Church of God and was a retired mechanic at Colonial Baking Company with 42 years of service.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 13, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Posey Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Floyd E. McComb officiating. Interment was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Michael Brown.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Bridgett Brown; a son, Christopher Aaron (Deana) Brown, North Augusta; a daughter, Beth (Chris) Currie, Waynesboro; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Rick Reo, Ronnie Harrison, Michael Brown, Johnny Ramos, Mark Ramos and Frank Godbee.

Posey Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Cleveland “Rook” Cowart
Mr. Cleveland “Rook” Cowart, 85, of Bartow entered into rest on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Mr. Cowart was a native of Emanuel County, the son of the late Robert Allen Cowart and the late Annie Elizabeth Turner Cowart. He was a retired logger for Federal Paper Board. Mr. Cowart was a former cook for William’s Seafood in Savannah and a former school bus driver for the Washington County Board of Education. He was a member and deacon of the Josey Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2011, at Josey Baptist Church, Bartow, with Rev. Inman Gerald and Rev. Bill Snipes officiating. Burial was in the Josey Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by a son, Danny Sheppard.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Story Cowart of Bartow; children, Peggy Ann Cowart Snipes (Troy) of Bartow, Tommy C. Cowart (Shirl) of Riddleville, Sandra Waters (Wayne) of Davisboro, Everett Sheppard (Connie) of Harrison, Brenda Cowart (Joel) of Wadley, Debbie Wilcher (Ronnie) of Riddleville, and Bobby Sheppard (Dianne) of Davisboro; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Virgil Eugene Cowart of Bartow.

May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Sammie Lee Hall
Mr. Sammie Lee Hall of Wadley entered into rest on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, in Wadley.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Louisville, with Rev. Dr. David Kemp officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his three daughters, Carolyn (Thomas) Turner and Vanessa (Bobby) Dogan, all of Wadley, and Marissa (Patrick) Kelly of Grovetown; three sons, Gary (Hattie) Hall of Louisville, Kevin Hall of Statesboro, and Brian Hall of Wadley; one brother, Albert (Katherine) Hall of Savannah; aunt, Mila Roberson of Louisville; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were employees of the Department of Transportation.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Grace Kitchens Holton
Mrs. Grace Kitchens Holton, 81, of Gibson entered into rest on Monday, May 9, 2011, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Holton was a native of Glascock County. She attended Magnolia Baptist Church and Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church, was a member of the State Bowling Team and played high school basketball. She was retired from Thermo King Corp., after 25 years of service.

Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Magnolia Baptist Church, with Rev. Stacey Williford and Rev. Al Kurtz officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Alace Moats Kitchens; and two sisters, Mary Bessie Dolly McGraw and Ethel Gray Hinton.

Survivors include her husband of 35 Years, James “Walking Man” Holton; three daughters, Deborah (Pete) Chalker, Tammy (Joe) Cash, and Robin McGraw, all of Gibson; one son, Larry (Yvonne) McGraw of Avera; two stepsons, Jimmy (Cindy) Fulton of Dalton, and Keith Fulton of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Bobby K. Horton of Augusta, and Dorothy K. Clark of Avera; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and friend, Annette Black.

Pallbearers were Jason Cash, Neil Griswell, Brian McGraw, Edward Peak, Wayne Neal, Chris Rushing, Roy Black and Rick Rios.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Alex Holmes
Mr. Alex Holmes, 81, of Bartow entered into rest on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Holmes was a native of Jefferson County, where he attended the old Bartow School. Mr. Holmes was a retired security guard from Thermo King Corp., and a member of Gordon Grove Baptist Church, where he served on the Usher Board until he was unable to fulfill his duties.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Gordon Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Walter Holmes, Rev. Allen Webb, Rev. Johnny R. Sampson, Rev. Charles Holloway and Rev. Dr. David Kemp officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Annie Ruth Thompson-Holmes of Bartow; children, Essie (Andrew “Sonny”) Daniels of Jacksonville, Fla., Annie (John Goodson) Bell, Carrie (Oliver) Gibbons, Rev. Walter (Delores) Holmes Sr., all of Bartow, Daisy Holmes of Baltimore, Md., Mattie Lowery, Charles (Earnestine) Holmes Sr., Robert (Eilean) Holmes, Elouise (Rev. Charles) Holloway, all of Louisville, Theodis (Elizabeth) Holmes of Wadley, Patricia (Onnie Vaxter Jr.) Johnson of Lithonia, and Adam (Tanisha) Holmes of Dublin; 27 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; brother, Steve (Geraldine) Holmes of Bartow; half-sisters, Diane Johnson of Chicago, Ill. and Lula Woods of New York; son-in-law, Roger Bell of Tennille; sisters-in-law, Bessie Roberson and Annie Laura (Charles) Scott, all of Wadley, Hattie Mae Holmes of Bartow, and Essie Johnson of Louisville; goddaughter, Vivian Ann Johnson of Baltimore, Md.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Jawisky Young, Joshua Holmes, Charles Holmes Jr., Arcephus King Jr., Santania Best, Markies Johnson, Alex Holloway and Jadarrius Boyd.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Gordon Grove Baptist Church.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sara Hobbs Holton
Mrs. Sara Hobbs Holton, 66, of Blythe entered into rest on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at her residence, with her family at her side, after a long battle with cancer.

Mrs. Holton was born to the late Martha Stewart Hobbs and the late Olon Hobbs and grew up in Wrens-Stapleton area. She worked for several local nurseries and greenhouses.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, May 15, 2011, at Faith Baptist Church, Blythe, with Rev. Bucky Halford officiating.

She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy Glenn Silas Sr.

Survivors include her husband, Edward Lawson Holton; three children, Donald R. Silas (Marolyn), Bonnie S. Morris (Mark) and Edward L. Holton Jr. (Patty); three sisters, Elizabeth Johnson (Jonie), Margie Cliatt and Polly Burkey (Russell); three brothers, Lee Olon Buddy Hobbs, Drew Allen Hobbs (Ann) and Edwin Hobbs (Brenda); eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with expenses and mailed to Edward L. Holton, 2419 Hood Chapel Rd, Blythe, GA 30805.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jacquese W. “Jackie” Jackson
Funeral services for Mrs. Jacquese W. “Jackie” Jackson, 58, of Wrens were held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at noon at Sand Valley AME Church, Louisville, with Pastor, Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, John W. Jackson Sr., Wrens; daughters, Uvonda L. Jackson, Atlanta, Deltrye L. Jackson, Statesboro, Michelle D. (Anthony T.) Marshall, Clarksville, Tenn., Jessica F. Jackson, Statesboro; son, John W. Jackson Jr., Wrens; grandson, John W. Jackson III, Wrens; granddaughter, Addison L. Marshall, Clarksville, Tenn.; brothers, Harry J. (Recia) Williams Jr., Wrens, James Robert Lane, Fayetteville, N.C.; sisters, Carnell (Andrew) Hobbs, Atlanta, Marilyn Hudson Ryans, Augusta, Carolyn Samuel Kittles, Louisville; aunt, Gloria Moss, Stone Mountain; uncle, Johnny “Mutt” Davis Sr., Stapleton; five sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Johnny Samuel McGahee
Mr. Johnny Samuel McGahee, 71, of Stapleton entered into rest on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his residence, with his family at his side, after a battle with cancer.

Born to the late Alice Louise Sheppard McGahee and the late George Carpenter McGahee Sr., Mr. McGahee was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He was a farmer of cotton and peanuts, and later in life, an insurance agent.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tommy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in Waldens UMC Cemetery, Avera.

He was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Madison Marie McGahee.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Prescott McGahee; three children, Johnny Scot McGahee (Susan), Sherri McGahee Jahn and Samuel Prescott McGahee; three brothers, Billy Maurice McGahee (Sydney), Thomas Roy McGahee (Betty) and George Carpenter McGahee Jr. (Darlene); six grandchildren, Aaron Scot McGahee, Amber Elizabeth McGahee, Jessica Lynne Jahn, Justin Rodney Jahn, Jonathan Royce Jahn and Matthew Jacob McGahee; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Thomas Beckworth, Paul Griffin, Jimmy McNair, Berry Newman, Ronnie Parker and Wayne Smith.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Waldens United Methodist Church, c/o Patricia Kitchens, 1304 Hadden Pond Rd, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Murphy Ponder
Deacon Murphy Ponder of Wadley entered into rest on Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Augusta.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley, with Rev. Frank Roberts officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his two daughters, Phyllis (Felix) Johnson, Augusta, and Barbara (Roger) Smith, Staten Island, N.Y.; two grandchildren; extended family, Shirley Williams Brown and Connie Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Leroy Ponder, Charlie Adams, Jerome Turner, Willie Jackson, Leroy Green and William Walker.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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